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Funeral Planning Checklist: A Comprehensive Guide

Planning a funeral for a loved one is never an easy task. It’s an emotional time for everyone involved, which can make the funeral arranging process seem like a chore you don’t want to face. To help you navigate this difficult time, Brember Family Funerals have created a funeral planning checklist to ease your burden.

Why You Need a Funeral Planning Checklist

A funeral planning checklist will help step you through the process of arranging a funeral for your loved one. It breaks down the planning process into bite-sized pieces so you can tick off each step as you go.

When you follow a funeral planning checklist, you’ll feel a bit more organised in a time that’s often a tad chaotic, and days blend into each other.

You’ll find a range of different funeral services available, including cremation funerals, all-female funerals and traditional burial funerals. There will also be a range of packages to choose from, which your Melbourne funeral director will discuss with you.

A funeral planning checklist will help you determine the type of funeral you’d like to arrange, taking into account any wishes your loved one may have requested.

Essential Items for Your Funeral Planning Checklist

Here are the essential items for you to consider on a funeral planning checklist.

Funeral planning checklist

What to do first:

  • Death registration within 7 days (contact your state’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages)
  • Apply for a death certificate (our team can do this for you, or next of kin may also apply)
  • Choose a funeral home

In your meeting with your funeral director, you’ll decide:

  • If you’d like a viewing (family and friends)
  • If your loved one needs to be embalmed
  • If your loved one needs makeup and if so, provide a reference photo for the makeup artist
  • A location for the service (+ choosing a cemetery or burial plot)
  • The date and time of the funeral
  • Appropriate transport of your loved one to the service
  • A dress code (if any) for the funeral service
  • The type of service you’d like (cremation, burial, all-female, etc.)
  • The funeral package that’s suitable for your budget
  • The type of coffin or urn
  • If you’ll include any religious or cultural rituals
  • Who’ll be the pallbearers
  • Readings, songs, poems, etc. for the service
  • A florist and floral arrangements
  • The photo to be displayed at the funeral, plus extras for the booklet or video reel
  • Video streaming options
  • If you need family transportation

Your funeral director will help you with extra things like:

  • Arranging the transportation of your loved one into their care
  • Preparing your loved one for a viewing and the funeral service
  • Transportation on the day of the funeral
  • Applying for a burial permit and internment
  • Applying for the death certificate
  • Arranging funeral flowers, booklets, booking venues, etc., as part of your chosen package

You’ll need to give your funeral director:

  • Clothes to be buried in
  • A reference photo for the makeup artist
  • Photos you’d like for a video reel
  • Your readings, prayers, speeches, photos, etc., so they can prepare the funeral booklet
  • Any items you’d like placed in or on the coffin

Extra things to consider:

  • Arrange newspaper or online death notices
  • Contact people to inform them of your loved one’s passing and funeral arrangements
  • Find a celebrant
  • Write the obituary and eulogy (and ask those who’d like to contribute)
  • The type of headstone you may like for a burial service (and using a temporary marker while it’s being made)
  • If you’ve had a cremation service, will you intern the ashes at a burial location, keep them or scatter them at a later date
  • Will you hold a wake, and if so, where and when?
  • Will you need catering or bar service for the wake?
  • Are you going to send thank you cards after the service?

How to Use Our Funeral Planning Checklist

When you find yourself in the position of planning a funeral, bookmark this blog and refer back to it when needed. Run through the list as a guide to ensuring you’ve ticked everything off the list. At Brember Family Funerals, our organised team will have their own checks in place, so we’ll be here with you every step of the way to make sure every detail is covered.

Why Choose Brember Family Funerals  for Your Funeral Planning Needs

Our experienced and caring team of Melbourne funeral directors at Brember Family Funerals are here to support you during the funeral planning process. We help you by:

  • Guiding you through the steps of planning a funeral
  • Answering all of your questions (and encourage you to ask us anything that’s on your mind)
  • Assisting you to obtain all the necessary certificates and make arrangements for you
  • Supporting you and your family during a difficult time in your life

We believe that everyone deserves a respectful and dignified final farewell. That’s why we work with our families to personalise a service that meets their needs.

Flexible Funeral Planning Solutions for Every Budget

At Brember Family Funerals, we pride ourselves on helping families across Melbourne plan memorable funeral services that fit within their budget. Our flexible funeral planning solutions mean we can adapt the funeral package to help you create a meaningful tribute without financial stress.

Brember Family Funerals  Locations

Brember Family Funerals help families in all areas of Melbourne, from the Mornington Peninsula to Gippsland and all Melbourne Metro suburbs in between. Our funeral home is based in Southeast Melbourne; however, our team can meet at a location that is convenient for you. You can find all of the suburbs we cover for funerals in Melbourne listed on our website.

Contact Us Today to Start Planning

Call our experienced Melbourne funeral directors today and let us help you plan a memorable, respectful and dignified funeral service. At Brember Family Funerals, we know what to do.

Frequently Asked Questions About Funeral Planning

What is the first step in funeral planning?

The first step in funeral planning is notifying the correct people and arranging for your loved one to be transported into the care of the funeral home you’ve chosen. You can read exactly what to do in our handy guide, ‘What to do when death occurs’.

How do I decide between burial and cremation?

Deciding between burial and cremation is made easier if your loved one has left instructions in their Will or has spoken to you about their wishes prior to death. If you’re left to make a choice, talk with our Melbourne funeral directors, who’ll be able to give you insights into both options so you can make an informed decision.

What documents are needed for funeral planning?

Before your funeral director can help you plan the funeral, they’ll need your consent to transport your loved one into their care. Your funeral director will help you arrange the death certificate, but you must register the death with your state’s Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 7 days of the death occurring.

How can I personalise a funeral service?

Our experienced team at Brember Family Funerals prides itself on listening to our families. We can help you work to a budget yet still include the extra things you’d like to personalise a funeral. For example, a client was transported to his resting place on the back of his truck with a convo following him. Or children all made paper butterflies that were released at the end of a young lady’s funeral. It’s the little things that can make a big difference in personalising a funeral to suit you and your loved one.

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